If pacers take upper hand in series, so be it, says Faf

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Also with the splendour displayed in the first Test match, Du Plessis is aware that they can not undermine India.

In his response to the post, the bowler joked that his girlfriend was not impressed by the gesture.

"Vernon is now in a place where he's fitter. As long as we are winning it is fine", Du Plessis said on the eve of the second Test. He can bowl the whole day and he doesn't get exhausted.

Paul Harris is the most successful spinner there with 13 wickets in four Tests, but it is a venue where the seamers dominate.

Duanne Olivier, strong and quick, but not an enormous threat, or Lungi Ngidi, who bowled a thunderous spell at training on Thursday, with Du Plessis and Gibson watching closely. The pleasing thing for me is that Vern wants the ball all the time. The skipper also posted the photo of the kiss on his Instagram, after the right-armer climbed up ICC rankings to become the No.1 Test bowler in the world, and wrote, "This is what you get when you become the nr 1 fast bowler in the world, a massive". He wasn't exhausted after four overs, he was ready to go. I said that match was one of the best I played in because there were so many ups and downs for both teams. He is learning a lot as a bowler.

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With the first Test completed inside nine sessions on a wicket that gave the fast bowlers plenty to work with, there had been concerns the strips at Centurion and the Wanderers (for the third Test) would provide similar results. "If you pick three seamers, he will consistently have to be on the money".

"Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada are a step above in that regard". To get the conditions that we would like, the ball must spin as little as possible.

Given that South Africa are highly likely to play four seamers in Centurion, Morris is a strong candidate to be included in the starting XI on his home ground. He recovered from a back injury in July to find form across formats.

The captain and coach kept a close eye on Ngidi during practice, increasing speculation that he may be handed a debut, but du Plessis' conservative pre-match comments suggest that Ngidi may have to wait a little longer for his turn in Tests.

"I have an eye on the future, there's a lot of Test cricket coming up - these two Tests against India and then the series against Australia". I know he is very hungry to do well and a hungry AB usually means a big run-scoring AB, so hopefully over the next few months, we will get a lot of runs from him. "He bowls a heavy ball and he likes involving himself". "I think there is a bright future ahead for him so I want to start that journey off with him".